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For consideration in the ROLL AND WRITE DESIGN CONTEST

Here’s the link to the voting page.

d10-1 Best Overall Game
d10-2 Best Solitaire Game
d10-3 Best Multiplayer Game
d10-4 Best Thematic Game
d10-5 Best Written Rules
d10-6 Best Original Artwork
d10-7 Best Innovative Mechanic Category

Birdsong is a Roll-and-Write game inspired by the art and theme of Wingspan and Clever! You are a birder in a specific location spending a week spotting, listening to, writing about, and photographing birds unique to that area.

Travel to Glacier Bay, Alaska in search of Puffins.
Or head down to Big Bend, Texas to snap a prize photo of a Painted Bunting.
Maybe you just want to take your equipment and a taxi down to Central Park to listen to starlings as they return, heralding a new season.
You can also choose to search for ibis and spoonbills in Florida's Everglades.


The game PDF consists of 6 Player Sheets and 4 pages of rules. It takes only seconds to set up a game.
Required Components
Five 6-sided dice (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, and White)
9 Page Protectors or lamination
One or two dry erase markers
Birdsong Rules and Player Score Sheets PDF v0701 -- These 18 pages are meant to be printed double-sided, and laminated or placed in page protectors to make 9 pages. If your printer only prints one-sided, you should only print the first 12 pages.

1-6 Players
Casual Difficulty
10 Minutes per player



Player Sheet - Big Bend 0409 screenshot



Cheers and thanks!
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Re: [WIP] Bird Song - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
OBSOLETE

Bird Song Rules

Birdsong 0402

Birdsong Rules v0409

Birdsong Player Score Sheets v0409

Birdsong Player Score Sheets v0413

Birdsong Rules v0411

Birdsong Rules and Player Score Sheets PDF v0416

Birdsong Rules and Player Score Sheets PDF v0418

Birdsong Rules and Player Score Sheets PDF v0421


Birdsong Rules and Player Score Sheets PDF v0507


Birdsong Rules and Player Score Sheets PDF v0511

Birdsong Rules and Player Score Sheets PDF v0513

Birdsong Rules and Player Score Sheets PDF v0515

Birdsong Rules and Player Score Sheets PDF v0526

Birdsong Rules and Player Score Sheets PDF v0530

Birdsong Rules and Player Score Sheets PDF v0531
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Re: [WIP] Bird Song - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
All four unique sheets are now uploaded. 96 distinct birds.
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Re: [WIP] Bird Song - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
Currently in the works:

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, ECUADOR
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Re: [WIP] Bird Song - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
We printed and played already yesterday. It is a great little game, and I don't even like roll and writes. But this is REALLY good.
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Re: [WIP] Bird Song - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
Thank you KC. Very kind words. Do you think I should increase the game to 6 rounds or keep it at 5 rounds?
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Re: [WIP] Bird Song - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
The weird thing is, I'm surprised that this isn't how Wingspan works. It sounds like people like the gameplay, but it doesn't sound like it makes very much thematic sense as to who you represent or exactly what you're doing. An engine of birds, what is that exactly?

So I think a game where you're a birder trying to view birds is thematically quite sound and the R&W genre seems like a natural fit. Good show, and good luck with the game!

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I love some birdy boardy games, will have to check this one out soon!
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Re: [WIP] Bird Song - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
Big update coming midweek. You might want to wait until then. As long as you’re subscribed, you’ll get a notification.
Cheers!
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Re: [WIP] Birdsong - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
New rules and player sheets uploaded.
Solo rules and points included in rules for version 0409.
Cheers!
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One mistake that will be corrected tomorrow.
The game takes 6 rounds, not 5 as it was previously.
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Re: [WIP] Birdsong - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
Awesome job with this Mike. The rules are very easy to follow.
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Re: [WIP] Birdsong - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
FYI: In the Calendar section of the rules, there's an image of the turn checklist that shows only 5 turns.

Also, Central Park has an image of a Cedar Waxwing where it says "Starling"
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Re: [WIP] Birdsong - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
bbacher wrote:
FYI: In the Calendar section of the rules, there's an image of the turn checklist that shows only 5 turns.

Thanks Bruce. This is now resolved.


bbacher wrote:
Also, Central Park has an image of a Cedar Waxwing where it says "Starling"

I'll have to resolve the starling/waxwing discrepancy at home tonight. It will be noticed on the the next version as I upload New Zealand and Galapagos!
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Re: [WIP] Birdsong - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
Version 0413 is up.
It adds 2 more player sheet locations:
New Zealand and Galapagos

Now 6 players can play in all separate locations.
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Re: [WIP] Birdsong - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
First time solo.
Mike, please consider adding a meaningful effect to the Field Guide in Solo mode.

Also, Mike, it isn't clear, but does Journaling mean you cannot use the die elsewhere? I was guessing so.

Final note: I scored a 23 on my solo game; I would prefer to believe this is because dice hate me.

That said, there were an unfortunate number of times that the dice locked me out of doing anything useful. That's my big disappointment with this one. Also, I'm almost certain the times where my highest die value was stolen were the times that I lost actions, so while I understand the resolution mechanic, I sort of frown here since I'm quite certain the RP wouldn't simply choose my highest die, at least not before I could elect to use it. (The way your rules are written, active player chooses from the 5 dice first.) I might recommend losing your highest roll left over after you choose each of your first 2 actions. It would be more enjoyable solitaire, and the player choices would feel less obligatory. (Of course, the scores would be higher too.)
Perhaps the field guide problem noted above might solve this problem, by switching the order (now that birds are easier to find).

Overall, I would give you perhaps a 6.5, and a possible 8 depending on any changes. I'm willing to playtest again.
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Re: [WIP] Birdsong - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
Version 0416 is uploaded
* Full color rules (4 pages)
* Changes from multiple feedback sources about Solo Mode (can now allocate to Dawn, and loses the second die after allocation instead of losing highest immediately).
* Added 3-player Cooperative Mode Rules
* Added 4 and 6 player Team Mode Rules

Entire PDF is 18 pages. It is meant to be printed 2-sided, and then laminated/page protected. This will allow up to 6 people to play. More player sheets can be printed for more players though.

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Re: [WIP] Birdsong - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
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First time solo.
Mike, please consider adding a meaningful effect to the Field Guide in Solo mode.

Dice can now be placed in Dawn Observations in Solo mode.

XendoBreckett wrote:

Also, Mike, it isn't clear, but does Journaling mean you cannot use the die elsewhere? I was guessing so.

You use 1 die to unlock Journaling, and any time after that, you use another die to create your Journaling Points (hopefully with a +2 or a +5)

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I might recommend losing your highest roll left over after you choose each of your first 2 actions.

You are the second to recommend that in the last 48 hours. That change has been made.

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Overall, I would give you perhaps a 6.5, and a possible 8 depending on any changes. I'm willing to playtest again.

Thanks XB. I know that you're busy playing many other games as well as honing your own! I'd love another blind test if you get the chance and are interested.

Cheers!
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First time solo.
Mike, please consider adding a meaningful effect to the Field Guide in Solo mode.

Dice can now be placed in Dawn Observations in Solo mode.


How? Your rules from 411 don't explain that.
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Re: [WIP] Birdsong - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
Meanwhile, I scored 30 points in my 2nd solo game, and yes, it was MUCH better. (Given I scored 7 points in preparations [I just allocated my dice there if I couldn't use them elsewhere, but I still lost 2 dice per round], I scored exactly the same as I did yesterday, but I enjoyed it a lot more as the possibilities opened up more.
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Re: [WIP] Birdsong - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
After two more playtests, the next update will give the Reserve Player more flexibility and allow him/her to allocate a die to any valid location (not just limited to Dawn Observations anymore).

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Re: [WIP] Birdsong - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)

How2Play Video



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Re: [WIP] Birdsong - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
You may want to add Galapagos and New Zealand to the components list on the first page of the rules.
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Re: [WIP] Birdsong - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
Version 0421 is up.
Galapagos and New Zealand added to the components list.
Preparation die requirements changed to include "or more" to each level, starting easy and gradually getting more difficult.
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Re: [WIP] Birdsong - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
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How2Play Video





If I had that skill-level, Mike, I would have kickstarted Around the World in 80 Days a long time ago. Your game is solid, so I hope you will try.
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Re: [WIP] Birdsong - Roll-and-Write Contest (Component Ready)
Some of the video was clunky and difficult to follow as a How-to video.
So, I might make a How to video later, but here's just the Promo.

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